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Definitions for trappings
ˈtræp ɪŋztrap·pings

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. furnishing, trappingsnoun

    (usually plural) accessory wearing apparel

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Trappingsnoun

    Etymology: This word John Minsheu derives from drap, French, cloath.

    Caparisons and steeds,
    Bases and tinsel trappings, gorgeous knights
    At joust and tournament. John Milton.

    These indeed seem,
    But I have that within which passeth shew;
    These but the trappings and the suits of woe. William Shakespeare.

    He has fair words, rich trappings, and large promises; but works only for his master. Roger L'Estrange.

    The points of honour poets may produce,
    Trappings of life, for ornament, not use. Dryden.

    Such pageantry be to the people shown;
    There boast thy horse’s trappings, and thy own. Dryden.

    Draw him strictly so,
    That all who view the piece may know
    He needs no trappings of fictitious fame. Dryden.

    In ships decay’d no mariner confides,
    Lur’d by the gilded stern and painted sides;
    Yet at a ball unthinking fools delight,
    In the gay trappings of a birth-day night. Jonathan Swift.


  1. trappings

    Trappings refer to the outward signs, features, or objects associated with a particular situation, role, or job. They also refer to the distinctive clothing, decorations, and equipment related to a specific activity or purpose. The term often implies these things are superficial or showy accessories.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Trappings

    that which serves to trap or adorn; ornaments; dress; superficial decorations

  2. Trappings

    specifically, ornaments to be put on horses

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. trappings

    See Housing.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of trappings in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of trappings in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of trappings in a Sentence

  1. Charlie Watts:

    Because I’m not really a rock star, i don’t have all the trappings of that. Having said that, I do have four vintage cars and can’t drive the bloody things. I’ve never been interested in doing interviews or being seen.

  2. Andrea Leone:

    We need to make international films like Garrone's and Sorrentino's. They have all the trappings of international cinema, we need to start to export our films, just like they did in the golden years of our cinema.

  3. Lincoln Project adviser Kurt Bardella:

    Now that we see more activity from the White House, they’re coming up against a narrative that was painted by other people, and it becomes a little bit more challenging to stem that tide, every network would give him time if he asked for it… He needs to use the trappings of the presidency.

  4. Ali Allawi:

    There is so much up in the air, there are the trappings of a functioning state, but it is like a functioning state lying on a sea of Jello...The ground is so unstable and shifting.

  5. William Barr:

    One of the ironies, as some have observed, is that the secular project has itself become a religion, pursued with religious fervor. It is taking on all the trappings of a religion – including inquisitions and excommunication. Those who defy the creed risk a figurative burning at the stake – social, educational, and professional ostracism and exclusion waged through lawsuits and savage social media campaigns.

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    closely constrained or constricted or constricting
    • A. tight
    • B. alternate
    • C. squashy
    • D. witless

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